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Jermaine Every: What is your go-to food for a big sporting event?

Jermaine Every: What is your go-to food for a big sporting event?
Pizza is a go-to for many of Houston's sports talk hosts. CultureMap Houston

“Big time game? Big time food.”

The Final Four is upon us! The Houston Astros are set to defend their World Series title! The Houston Rockets have all but secured the No. 1 overall seed in the NBA playoffs! It’s a great time to be a sports fan. Cinderellas, underdogs, titans of sport, up and comers alike are all vying for your attention on some of sports’ grandest stages.

As you settle in to watch a big game, what do you have in front of you to eat? This is something that can be a full-blown discussion/argument, or as easy as picking up/cooking your go-to meal. I was hanging around the palatial Gow Media offices waiting to record The Sideline podcast (Craig Koshkin and I record it weekly), and as my randomness goes, that question popped into my head.

As I started discussing it with some of the people around the office and studios, I figured the public would like to know what some of their favorite personalities like to eat when they settled into their favorite spots to watch their teams play or any big game. Here’s what I found out (presented in order of who was around and who was asked/responded first so don’t get butt-hurt or jump to conclusions):

Personality

Food

Tyler Scott

Wings, nachos, or barbeque

Jong Lee

Pizza

Fred Faour

Before latest doctor visits: pizza and wings

After latest doctor visits: celery and hummus

A.J. Hoffman

Wings

Craig Koshkin

Wings or barbeque

Lance Zierlein

Shawarma because it’s close

Brandon Strange

Pizza

Jose Partida

Pizza

Raheel Ramzanali

Chicken pesto pizza from New York Pizzeria

Del Olaleye

His team plays: nothing, too nervous

Any other team plays: wings

John Granato

Wings and fries

Joel Blank

Pizza, or fajitas, or queso and chips, etc

Barry Laminack

Nachos

Nick Sharara

Wings, but fajitas are a close second

Jermaine Every (me)

Tacos, wings, pizza, chips and dip

Couple things you may deduce from looking at this chart: 1) most of us can’t pick just one thing; 2) pizza and wings dominated the list; and 3) some of us have a specific reason why or why not. Other takeaways I noticed were: Raheel is a man of very specific taste; Lance went the convenient route; Del’s choice is based on mood; Fred has medical reasons; and I literally try to eat all of those things at once because I’m a fat ass until my wife gives me “the look” (married couples know what I’m talking about).

This was a fun article to write. I hope to do a follow-up soon and get the opinions of some of the folks behind the scenes, and maybe even some of you guys. So if you’re reading this and have a go-to food/s, hit me on Twitter, Instagram, or FaceBook and give me your suggestions. You never know. You may end up in a future article!

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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